Business: Service: Personal: Emotional
Leftovers   (+1, -1)  [vote for, against]
half eaten

The experience:

Diners enter the restaurant, and are seated at tables whose crisp white linen is curiously speckled with drips of wine and gravy. The napkins are crumpled on the seats, and the only cutlery at their place setting is the odd pieces that no-one ever uses.

They place their order as usual with their slightly tired-looking and scruffily dressed waiter.

Wine is served from a half-empty bottle.

After the usual wait, the food comes but it looks like it is someone else's half-eaten meal! The knife and fork are on the plate, in the food. There are bite-marks here...

How it works:

The waiters are made up to look tired, and their clothes are distressed by theatrical costumiers.

The food in this restaurant is of the highest quality, freshly cooked to order by the chef and her (or his) assistants.

When the food is ready to be plated, the second team of food artists takes over, and arranges the items on the plate so that it appears that the meal has been half eaten and then abandoned by a previous diner. Special denture-shaped knives are used to take bite-shaped pieces out of the edge of breads, cheeses, and meats. Sauces are smeared subtly up the blades and tines of knives and forks. The highest attention is paid to hygene and quality at all times.

-- pocmloc, Dec 17 2018

Is it half as expensive, too ?
-- 8th of 7, Dec 17 2018

Continuing the theme, when you visit the toilets is there rather too much evidence of them having been recently used?
-- hippo, Dec 17 2018

I'm not sure about this as a restaurant. However, I would heartily endorse a Leftovers range of chilled foods. A typical packet might include three tablespoons of lasagne (in a foil container, with burnt bits), two cold sausages, three slices of ham, a quarter of a tin of Spam, and 1/3rd of a portion of crispy beef in chilli. Of course, contents should vary at random.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 17 2018

Indeed - Christmas lunch leftovers are better than the actual lunch
-- hippo, Dec 17 2018

[+] for [hippo].
-- pocmloc, Dec 17 2018

It's twice the price, of course.
-- pocmloc, Dec 17 2018

That would mean it's effectively four times the price.

If you were getting the full meal, but charging double, then yes, it would be twice the price.

But the meal is clearly described as "half-eaten". Thus if you pay the "normal" price for it, but are getting only half the amount of food, then it's already "twice the price". Paying double, for half the amount, is four times ...
-- 8th of 7, Dec 18 2018

I'm pretty sure someone has proposed this before. Possibly Miles Kington, some time in the 1980s.
-- pertinax, Dec 18 2018

Also, the title always reminds me of the Lefortovo Prison in Russia.
-- pertinax, Dec 24 2018

Why? How were the leftovers at that prison? :-)
-- tumblewit, Dec 24 2018

Absent. Edible food in Siberia is a bit of a luxury.
-- RayfordSteele, Dec 24 2018

random, halfbakery